Yeah, you heard that right! Grain-Free Fudgy Nutty Power Brownies are all you need and more. Get ready! They are gluten-free, grain-free, no refined sugar, vegan, and possibly the yummiest, healthy thing I’ve ever made. Any time I see a recipe description like that I immediately think: That can’t be yummy — AT ALL. I’m proud to say how very wrong I was.
This recipe was developed out of complete necessity. I needed something to snack on when my blood sugar was running low, and I needed something Whole 30 compliant at the same time. Orange juice is perfect for those emergency moments, but when my blood sugar is “kinda low, I should eat something,” I needed something that would stay in my system for longer than a hot minute.
So, obviously, it needed to be CHOCOLATEY, and FUDGY, and DELISH. The first batch, which actually worked pretty well, ended up a little too fudgy, very sticky, and oh so good. But for the final product, I knew, it needed to be easy to pack in a resealable plastic bag and not melt all over. My requirements for all my snacks are as follows: Yummy and portable. If you ever see me, ask me what food is in my purse at any given moment. This is the life of a Type 1 diabetic.
Okay, I do NEED to take this time to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to your kind responses to my soul-bearing post about Mother’s Day. You guys are number one, top-notch people. Thank you! Daniel and I spent the weekend together, I WORKED, and it was amazing. Cooked, wrote, photographed, emailed, and edited like it was going out of style. I also got a seriously beautiful, suede, dusty rose, small cross body bag from Madewell from my man. Thank you, clearance and my husband’s love language — gifts.
We also spent Saturday night at an event to raise money for immigrants who need funds to legally immigrate into our country. We ATE some SERIOUSLY good food. A big shout out to Pura Vida for feeding us that night. Pura Vida is one of my favorite restaurants in McMinnville and it just blows my socks off every time I eat there. But more than anything it was for a good cause, with heartbreaking testimonials from real immigrants. It made Daniel and I so thankful for the sacrifice that his grandfather made when he moved his family to the United States in the 1960’s.
Okay, to finish this post up, I do have to say that this recipe for Grain-Free Fudgy Nutty Power Brownies is just what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth when trying to eat clean. It should be said that (if you leave out the honey in the ganache) it is Whole 30 compliant. However, they don’t encourage “baked goods” even if all the ingredients in this recipe are on their list of good foods. Since I have special circumstances, it was a necessity. But, if you’re outside of your 30 days and still trying to eat pretty well, then this is a great recipe for you! If you’re just interested in eating something sweet and healthy, this is a great recipe for you, too!
Grain-Free Fudgy Nutty Power BrowniesPrint Recipe
- 15 dates
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- -For the ganache-
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- *1 tablespoon honey, agave nectar for vegan, skip all together for Whole 30
- Flaked sea salt for topping.
Pour boiling water over dates until submerged and let soak for 10 minutes.
While the dates are soaking, place the cocoa powder, coconut oil, cashews, almonds, vanilla, salt, and chia seeds in a food processor.
Remove the pit from each of the dates and add the pitted dates to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse together until the mixture has started to break down and combine. Turn the food processor on high until the almonds have turned into rice-sized pieces.
Check the mixture by removing a tablespoon and squeezing it together. If it sticks together easily then it’s ready. If it still crumbles, add more coconut oil 1 tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached the mixture sticks together easily.
Pour mixture into a wax paper or parchment-lined 5" x 8" (ish) dish. Pack down evenly and tightly.
For the ganache, combine melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and honey (if desired) together, and mix with a fork until smooth. Pour on top of the brownie mixture and spread evenly.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours until set.
Sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
Cut into squares with a warm knife. Lasts three days at room temperature, or 7 days in the refrigerator.